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Arsenal

Arsenal are very serious about signing this much-needed defensive midfielder

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We have already discussed about the urgent need for some top class defenders after Arsenal's dire performances this season, but if there is one other area that needs improving then 90% of Arsenal fans would say that we need a strong and talented defensive midfielder. One of the most impressive holding midfielders in Europe during [.

Have Arsenal already found their new DM and Centre-backs?

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Ever since the demise of Francis Coquelin and the failure of Granit Xhaka to become the top defensive midfielder that Arsenal needed to protect our ageing defence, Gooners everywhere have been saying that the club desperately needed to bring in a new strong DM. And of course our glaring defensive errors this season have shown [.

Arsenal plan to sell Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka this summer

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Arsenal are hoping to offload defender Shkodran Mustafi and defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka in the next transfer window, according to the Daily...

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Roundup: Arsenal seal deadline day deal for defensive midfielder, debut possible on Saturday

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Arsenal have sealed deadline day loan deals for young players Marc Bola and Krystian Bielik to Notts County and Birmingham respectively.

The Premier League outfit have also allowed young academy striker Kaylen Hinds to join Stevenage on loan.

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Nigeria’s Ndidi expected to be fit for World Cup

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Abuja (AFP) – Injured Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be fit for the World Cup even though his Premier League season with Leicester City is over, national team spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said on Monday.

Ndidi, 21, is nursing a hamstring injury and is expected to be out of action for several weeks.

Emre Can set for Juventus move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Liverpool defensive midfielder Emre Can has agreed a five-year contract with Italian champions Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Monday.

The 24-year-old German international, who is sidelined with a back injury, will sign with the six-time Italian champions as early as this week, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Emre Can set for Juventus move – reports

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Milan (AFP) – Liverpool defensive midfielder Emre Can has agreed a five-year contract with Italian champions Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Monday.

The 24-year-old German international, who is sidelined with a back injury, will sign with the six-time Italian champions as early as this week, Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

Bayern pair Alaba, Martinez fit to take on Real Madrid

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich will have left-back David Alaba and midfielder Javi Martinez back from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid.

The pair both took part in training on Sunday in Munich, but reports suggest that winger Arjen Robben will not recover in time to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bayern pair Alaba, Martinez fit to take on Real Madrid

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich will have left-back David Alaba and midfielder Javi Martinez back from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid.

The pair both took part in training on Sunday in Munich, but reports suggest that winger Arjen Robben will not recover in time to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Football: Rani Khedira turns down Tunisian World Cup offer

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Berlin (AFP) – Rani Khedira - brother of Germany star Sami - has turned down the chance to play for Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup.

The Khedira brothers were born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father.

Both Rani, who is 24, and Sami, 30, played for German junior teams while Juventus midfielder Sami went on to become a World Cup winner who has made 72 appearances for Germany.

Football: Rani Khedira turns down Tunisian World Cup offer

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Berlin (AFP) – Rani Khedira - brother of Germany star Sami - has turned down the chance to play for Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup.

The Khedira brothers were born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father.

Both Rani, who is 24, and Sami, 30, played for German junior teams while Juventus midfielder Sami went on to become a World Cup winner who has made 72 appearances for Germany.

Liverpool-bound Keita accused of using forged driving licences

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita could face a six-figure fine after allegedly twice using forged licences to try to obtain a German driving permit, a report claimed on Saturday.

The RB Leipzig defensive midfielder and Guinea international, who is joining Liverpool for 2018/19, is accused of two counts of forgery which carries a minimum penalty of 100,000 euros ($115,195), according to Bild.

Liverpool-bound Keita accused of using forged driving licences

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita could face a six-figure fine after allegedly twice using forged licences to try to obtain a German driving permit, a report claimed on Saturday.

The RB Leipzig defensive midfielder and Guinea international, who is joining Liverpool for 2018/19, is accused of two counts of forgery which carries a minimum penalty of 100,000 euros ($115,195), according to Bild.

Spalletti fury as wantaway Kondogbia skips Inter training

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti vented his fury Friday as wantaway French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia skipped training.

Kondogbia’s failure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from Inter’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Real Betis.

Spalletti fury as wantaway Kondogbia skips Inter training

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Rome (AFP) – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti vented his fury Friday as wantaway French international midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia skipped training.

Kondogbia’s failure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from Inter’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Real Betis.

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach have confirmed receiving an offer for Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join Arsenal.

Gladbach's sports director Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post that an offer has been received, but not revealed from which club, for their 23-year-old captain, Xhaka, who has said he can imagine playing for the Gunners.

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach have confirmed receiving an offer for Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join Arsenal.

Gladbach's sports director Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post that an offer has been received, but not revealed from which club, for their 23-year-old captain, Xhaka, who has said he can imagine playing for the Gunners.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo add Jared Watts to the team

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Dynamo trade with Colorado Rapids for defender.

There is a new defender in town and his name is Jared Watts. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced a trade with the Colorado Rapids for Jared Watts. The Dynamo gave the Rapids $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the defender.

Since being drafted in 2014 by the Rapids, Watts has played in 71 games, 61 of which were starts.

Houston Dynamo Acquire Salvadoran Midfielder from San Jose

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The Houston Dynamo have acquired Darwin Ceren from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for GAM and TAM

The Houston Dynamo made a midnight trade prior to the MLS Superdraft as the Dynamo sent $100,000 in General Allocation Money and $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for Darwin Ceren with additional considerations dependent on player performance.

Sounders vs. Houston Dyanmo: Player Ratings

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Seattle won 1-nil, with defensive midfielder Gustav Svensson earning the Man of the Match from SaH player rater Realio. Chad Marshall earned the nod from the community.

The home game last Sunday night ended 1-0 to the good guys, and the Seattle Sounders dominated play for much of the game. The Houston Dynamo were contained by a strong Seattle defense that limited opportunities for the away side while creating its own chances throughout the game.

Portland Timbers

ATF: Cobi Jones and sparking a generation

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Portland

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Portland finished top of the Western Conference in 2017 but their playoff run ended with a shocking home defeat.

Timbers Acquire Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City

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The Portland Timbers on Friday acquired defensive midfielder and centerback Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the Timbers' natural 2018 first-round draft pick and $50,000 in general allocation money.

Olum, 32, returns to Portland after seeing his role in Kansas City expand over the course of the last two years, logging 19 all-competitors starts in 2016 after returning to Sporting from Kedah FA in Malaysia.

David Guzman Confirms Move to Portland Timbers

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On the Portland Timbers' shopping list coming in to this offseason was a starting quality defensive midfielder and now it appears that they have gotten their man. Saprissa midfielder David Guzman told Costa Rican press that he would be joining the Timbers on a two year as the team was celebrating their 33rd title.

D.C. United

D.C. United season review: Russell Canouse

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D.C. United has a defensive midfielder around which they can build for years

Of all of D.C. United's midseason acquisitions, Russell Canouse was the one with the most mystery surrounding it. Paul Arriola was the big splash, Zoltan Stieber had the pedigree of a player who could reliably produce in Major League Soccer, Deshorn Brown was the MLS veteran, and Bruno Miranda was the flyer on a promising young talent.

D.C. United season review: Chris Durkin

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The young defensive midfielder faces the inquisition.

2017 was a season that saw Chris Durkin, the 17-year-old Homegrown Player from Glen Allen, Virginia, begin to see more action everywhere except for D.C. United. The fifth-youngest homegrown signing in the history of the league, Durkin was not expected to feature much this season for the Black-and-Red.

How much would you spend to get Perry Kitchen back on D.C. United’s roster?

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Some recent news and some history have left us with a question for you fine folks

For those unfamiliar with the tale of former D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen since he left the Black-and-Red, let's bring you up to speed. The now 25 year old defensive midfielder left the team after the 2015 season, after reportedly rejected a multiyear contract offer that would have paid more than $400,000 in guaranteed salary.

Gershon Koffie

Report: Gershon Koffie could be loaned to the Revolution

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An old face could return to Foxboro.

Gershon Koffie could be heading back to the New England Revolution, according to a Swedish report.

Koffie, 25, spent the 2016 season with the Revs before joining Hammarby on a free transfer. The midfielder hasn't made much of an impact in Sweden, as he's only made one league appearance.

Report: Gershon Koffie to Sign With Swedish Side Hammarby IF

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It's all but settled: the defensive midfielder will not return for a second season in Foxboro

Gershon Koffie may forever live as a one-hit wonder in New England.

The defensive midfielder, who played just one full season for the Revolution, is reportedly set to sign with Swedish side Hammarby IF ahead of the 2017 season.

Philadelphia Union

Jones, Union ready for tough Toronto task

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The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.

Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.

Michael Lahoud recalled from New York Cosmos loan

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The Sierra Leone defensive midfielder is recalled from the New York Cosmos to the Philadelphia Union, and rumors are swirling about him being sold to Miami FC.

After being loaned out to the NASL side New York Cosmos for the entire 2016 season, the Philadelphia Union have reportedly brought back Michael Lahoud, with rumors saying the Union will sell him on to Miami FC - one of the Cosmos' rivals in NASL.

The Rest

Newcastle After 24-Year-Old Turkish International For Bargain £6.6M Transfer Fee

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Newcastle are reported to be interested in signing 24-year-old Trabzonspor's defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu. He has been called Turkey's answer to Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, because of his similar style [...]

Toffees secure agreement for 28-yr-old, star says Everton is the right place for him

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Everton have agreed on a new deal with their Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The 28-year-old defensive midfielder joined the club from Aston Villa back in 2016 and he has developed into a key player for Sam Allardyce. The new deal will keep Gueye at the club until June 2022.

Julie Ertz names U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

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U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Julie Ertz was voted U.S. Soccer'sFemale Player of the Year for 2017.

With the win, the defensive midfielder becomes the only the third player to win both the Young Female Player of the Year award and the Female Player of the Year in her career, joining Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath.

Three Timbers get International call ups

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Guzman, Vytas and Tuiloma will be getting a chance to represent their countries during this international break.

Darlington Nagbe isn't the only Timber that will be playing for his country during this international break. David Guzman, Bill Tuiloma and Vytas have all been called up by their respective countries.

Osvaldo Alonso injury update: Midfielder declares himself 90 minutes fit

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This could mark Alonso's first start since July 4.

Fresh off winning their fifth match in six games and running their unbeaten streak to eight matches, the Seattle Sounders could be getting even stronger. Captain Osvaldo Alonso has declared himself fully fit and appears ready to reclaim his starting spot.

Xavier Kouassi back in training while recovering from quad strain

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The defensive midfielder is on the mend.

On Tuesday, good news emerged from Foxboro: Xavier Kouassi was "a full participant" in Tuesday's training, according to Revolution Writer and Editor Jeff Lemieux.

Kouassi went down with a quad strain six weeks ago during a dramatic 2-2 draw with New York City FC.

Stoppage-time goal gives Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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Newly signed Franck Tayou saves a point for the Kickers

The Tampa Bay Rowdies lived up to their nom de guerre as they faced off with Richmond Kickers in a physical match at City Stadium.

Richmond stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation, albeit with a few players shuffled for Saturday night's match.